Monday, October 11, 2010
My Favorite Pump-Store Project Assessinated
I have written about the Pump-Store energy project in the Carmel near Haifa, which would have pumped water to the reservoir on top of the hill during the night when electricity is cheap, and generate and sell electricity during the peak demand hours. A clean energy project as any, no atom splitting nor fossil oil burning. Only last year it was proclaimed a "National Priority Project" meaning that all bureaucratic obstacles would be eliminated.
Today, the project was killed by our chief, Bibi Netaniyahu. The Municipality of Nesher, a small town near the site, is opposed to the development and they found a way to assessinate it through coalition politics.
I was brought up in a Stalinist regime dedicated to industrialize rural Hungary. Each new factory was celebrated and each drainage channel was a triumphal step toward Socialism. The killing of this project is incomprehensible, irrational, deeply revolting for me. It appears that the people of Nesher hate economic development and they purposefully sabotage progress. In Hungary of my times they would have been sentenced for antisocialists and forced to evacuate their homes. These people dream of living in an Alpine valley with freely roaming gazelles in nature.
Maybe it is time for me to discard my early education.